Charity Shop Transformation: Two £1 tops into three amazing pieces!!!

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

If you're an avid reader of my blog, you will know how much I adore Charity Shopping and how much I adore to share the pieces I find with you! My #CharityShopBop posts get such amazing feedback so I decided that Infinity of Fashion needed some more Charity Shop goodness as it's content I love to share and you love to read! So, I present to you...
Charity Shop Transformation!!!

Now, I preach about Charity Shopping so much as I always seem to come across nice things and amazing bargains so I want to share them. However, one of the main comments I get when people try and go Charity Shopping is...

 'How do you find this stuff?! Whenever I go it looks just like my Grandparents wardrobe!'

Well yes, that's because it pretty much is but you have to look past that and think how YOU could make it your own. From turning skirts into two pieces, tops into crops, I want to show you how things that look awful on the hanger can be changed into something stunning! It's  more sustainable, its cheaper and you're money goes to a good cause so get transforming!


Todays transformation involves two tops that cost me a total of £2, YES £2!! Although on the hanger these tops really did look like something a middle aged woman would wear (no offence), I set myself a challenge to create something exciting out of these pieces. The bright green and blue were giving me such summery vibes and after the warm spell of weather last week, I felt inspired to create something perfect for summer.
My initial plan with these two tops was to simply crop and cut them however, I got even more creative!

What I did for the Green top...

1. I took my fabric scissors, the top and an old crop top I knew fit me perfectly.
2. I laid the top out flat with no creases as it is much easier to cut when flat and placed the old crop on top so I could measure a suitable length. 
3. I simply cut straight across the green top at my chosen point and that was it!
Such simple steps for a cut little cropped tee!

What I did for the Blue top...
1. I took my fabric scissors, the blue top and cut off to two ribbons which were originally tied at the front. 
This was SO easy but made styling it off the shoulder look a lot more on trend for summer than before! 

What I did for the Green bandeau...
1. I took the excess material I'd cut from the green top along with the two blue ribbons from the blue top and decided to make a lil bandeau.
2. I measured the length and width of the bandeau against one I already had to create the perfect fit.
3. I then hemmed the horizontal top of the bandeau by using straight stitch on the machine, I didn't need to hem the bottom as it had the hem already from the original top. 
4. I stitched the side seam with straight stitch on the machine to create the shape of the bandeau. 
5. At this point I had a green bandeau, however thought adding the two blue ribbons would create a more sporty vibe. Two attach the ribbons I simply pinned them in place and used straight stitch to attach the ribbon on both sides. 
Although it may sound tricky to some, if you have access to a sewing machine a bandeau is really easy to make and looks fab!

It really wasn't a difficult process and anyone with access to a sewing machine could definitely do exactly what I did.  You just have to think creatively and have a vision of what you want it to become. I turned two £1 tops into three pieces perfect for summer!
I hope this inspires you to do some Charity Shop Transformations and I'd love to see them if you do!

Lucy Jane





The jeans of my dreams

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Top: Brandy Melville // Jeans: Weekday // Shoes: Nike Air Force 1 // Bag: Charity Shop (Topshop) // Necklaces: Forever 21 // Sunglasses: Primark 

This week I've accomplished a monumental achievement in my life, the part of me which is completely materialistic has been fulfilled and the other part is thinking 'You're so stupid' but sometimes, excitement over the little things is the best kind of excitement!
My proudest achievement of 2018 is that I have found the pair of jeans of my dreams...sorry for the climatic intro, but this is a big deal to me!

For the past few years I'd always avoided wearing jeans, I thought skinny jeans made me look a weird  shape and other styles never quite fit right. If I wore any kind of jeans it would be MOM jeans, the oversized fit did suit me but unfortunately lil steroid face Lucy Jane put on a lot of weight in 2017 and nothing really fit anymore.
 I'd come to the conclusion jeans weren't for me. 
I thought they were quite bland,boring and if you know me, you'll know I much prefer a bright, bold bottom and a plainer top. So throughout 2016/2017 I completely neglected jeans and never even thought to try new styles as I'd decided that I could do better than plain old jeans.
Oh how I was wrong...

2018 rolled around and I started to see so many bloggers rocking different types of jeans looking incredible. I have to admit, I had a bit of FOMO. I'd made this decision in my head that jeans were no longer for me but couldn't help but thinking...
 'What if there is a fit for me? Styles have changed, my body has changed, they might look amazing'
(Yes I am aware, first world problems don't take me seriously as I know that this is not a major problem in life, it's just funny!)
So I was on the hunt for the jeans of my dreams.

Four months into the year and a trip to London later, I THINK I FOUND THEM!
I visited London for a day of shopping and accidentally stumbled upon the Weekday store, which I didn't even know existed! Weekday is stocked on Asos and I'd seen so many bloggers in their jeans looking insane, I never ordered a pair as I had no clue what size I'd be. Fortunately for me, the store was filled with an array of jeans and I tried SO many on till I found my new babies!!

These are the Weekday Voyage jeans and I am completely obsessed! The fit is high waisted, straight leg and utterly perfect! They seem to hug me in all the right places and flatter my rather chunky thighs which is always a plus. After finding these jeans, I am now a converted jean lover and will be plastering this pair all over my blog. They look perfect with crops, hoodies, shirts, A N Y T H I N G, they are just incredible!

So the moral of this rather materialistic story is never give up on finding the jeans of your dreams because one day your luck will come and you will fall in love!

(I SOUND SO RIDICULOUS, LOL, HOPE YOU ENJOYED!)

Lucy Jane
















# Charity Shop Bop Trends - Racer Girl

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Charity Shop Bop is a series on my blog that promotes a different sense of fashion. The fashion industry is a huge financial provider, yet is also creating so much waste that it's effecting our planet. Every year we create over 80 billion articles of clothing which is a ridiculous amount to even fathom.  With 95% of it being recyclable and 100% being reusable, why let it become waste?
My Charity Shop Bops are here to show the limitless horizons of reworking second hand clothing and that it isn't all 'old lady' stuff! Shopping from charity shops is more sustainable, a lot cheaper and also allows you to contribute to a variety of charities at the same time!
So get #CharityShopBoppin and let me see what you find...



Jacket, Top, Skirt & Bag: All Charity Shop! // Belt: Asos // Necklace: Forever 21 // Shoes: Zara

A recent aesthetic to hit social media has been the 'Racer girl' trend, with so many bloggers lusting over leather and racing full speed ahead with this trend! It's clear to see that the racer girl look stems directly from the influence of F1/Racer scene. The classic racing flag check print, the slick looking leather pieces and of course, the bold reds and yellow colours are all huge when it comes to this trend. Personally, I feel this trend has been around the fashion scene for quite some time. Summer 2017 was filled with racing flag prints, flamed clothing and a whole lot of red, so may be we should just leave it in 2017?
However, Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi Hadid's latest collection for A/W 18 took HUGE inspiration from the F1 scene, revamping the trend and giving it the limelight once again. From skin tight leather pants  and matching jackets to racer flag print two pieces, this collection had it all!
It's a bold look and if thats what you're after, keep reading...

The racer girl vibe was one I'd dabbled in throughout 2017, I was red obsessed and picked up a few pieces of this style. For some reason I never completely fell in love with this style, partly because it required skin tight clothing and 2017 Lucy was not about that life, but also because I didn't know if I actually liked it. Nevertheless, 2018 Lucy has overcome her insecurities and decided for the purpose of the #CharityShopBop I shall embrace it!

My FAVOURITE thing about this outfit is the jacket! I picked this up for £9 in a local Charity Shop which is kind of pricey to me, but it was brand new with tags. I found it a few days after seeing the Tommy x Gigi show and I was feeling so inspired by the racer girl trend. Even though I will never look like one of the Hadid's in this, I can only try! As much as I adore this jacket, it's a slightly odd length meaning finding bottoms to pair with it was quite a challenge. I opted for a classic leather skirt  that I've had a while as it's timeless, flattering and still ties in to this racer girl vibe. On top I wore a mesh tee I picked up from a kilo sale and cropped, it was giving me Y2K vibes which I think ties in nicely with the racer girl look. Anything that has oriental style graphics on them I LOVE, for some reason I just think it looks SO cool. As the tee is slightly meshed, I put a lil yellow bandeau underneath which added a contrasting pop of colour against the jacket!

To accessories I kept it quite industrial, focusing on chunky silver pieces which I think adds so much interest. One thing I think is so important when Charity Shopping is to think of how you can accessories your pieces. This skirt is ultimately, a plain black skirt, but adding this hooped belt makes it more striking than if it was just plain. If you see a plain top, think of how you could dress it up by layering necklaces, adding a scarf or even tying it! 
You really do have to look past what you see on the hanger...

Honestly, I don't know whether I'm completely in love with this trend but I am a fan. The trend to me screams SAS and I think the bold colours and harsh fabrics are a way of challenging the stereotypes of femininity in fashion. 
We're strong, we're fast and we're fierce!
HELL YES TO THAT!

 This Charity Shop Bop just proves how current the pieces you find in Charity Shops can be whilst still adding an essence of your own style. Bringing together second hand pieces gives them a new lease of life which is so much more exciting than the 'Jeans and a Nice top' Misguided feature.
(No shade if you love that, you do you and thats amazing! I just can't relate and want to try spread individuality and sustainability)
I hope I can open your eyes to the world of Charity Shopping and please tag me @lucysb_ on Instagram with #charityshopbop if you discover any pieces!
Get Charity Shop Bopping

Lucy Jane



Back to life, back to reality

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Top: Charity Shop // Skirt: Forever 21 // Blazer: Charity Shop // Shoes: Depop (Nike air force 1)  // Bag: Topshop // Sunglasses: Primark // Necklaces: Forever 21 

Back to life, back to reality...
A saying which has felt very appropriate for me over the past few days and todays post is here to tell you why.

My usual life for the last 6 months hasn't really been all that exciting. I'd felt too ill to do most things and as many of you will know, I'm not in education or working meaning my days sometimes can feel like they have very little purpose. I get up and get on and that felt like a hard enough task some days, never mind going out. Honestly, that is not a life I want to lead but when you don't have your health, it's hard to grasp anything else. 

From the middle of March things started to change, I was put back on steroid enemas and given an iron infusion. I have a love hate relationship with steroids as yes, they make life so much easier but they have a million side effects, they aren't going to put me in remission and enemas are just a pain. So with my health slightly more maintained, I planned so many things in the lead up to my birthday as I wanted to make the most out of feeling okay. 

Now my birthday has passed, along with all the plans I made and I'm happy to say I've had an amazing time over the past 2/3 weeks. Even though I've been symptomatic every day, it gave me a feel of what life was like to be 'normal' again and live every day to the fullest rather than living for when you feel better. These few weeks reminded me of what my life used to be like and thinking about that now is quite overwhelming. To be out doing something every day, visiting cities, even going shopping which is something I struggle with and I did it all! I'm so proud of myself because I battled through the anxiety, the pain and the constant trips to the toilet and did so many fun things without letting this disease takeover. Living with this positive mindset is a distraction from the big negative thing in my life and I think it's the way for me to be. I felt like I got back to my life, back to reality I want to have but that was just a glimpse at what I can have and will have one day. 

You might see how busy I've been and think 'Oh wow, Lucy must be better'.
So I'll tell you now, unfortunately no I'm nowhere near 'better', I'm just fighting so much harder than I ever did before because I want my life back so SO much!

Lucy Jane






19 favourites at 19

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Today is 11th April 2018 and today is also my 19th birthday! 
It almost feels as weird typing it as it does to say it as I really don't feel 19, sometimes I think I'm a 10 year old others times I'm 90, but definitely not 19! I won't lie, I'm a big lover of birthdays as any occasion to celebrate wins me over.  Whenever it's someone else's birthday I love to make them feel special and when it's my birthday I love to celebrate and just have a good time. However, this year I feel I've been rubbish at birthdays and honestly, didn't really want to celebrate my own. I don't say that in a 'aww so sad, everyone feel sorry me' way, I say it because I didn't really want to celebrate my life this year. My 18th year wasn't the greatest but it was still great, rather than being excited for what my 19th year holds I'm scared. At the moment I am really happy but I'm stuck in this middle ground in regards to my life and health, everything is unsure and thats what frightens me.


Nevertheless, I have celebrated my birthday and will continue to till the month ends (sorry not sorry)!
As I'm 19, I thought I could do one of those '19 things I've learnt at 19' but I still don't think I know enough to write one of those, instead I thought lets talk about some of my favourite things. It's my birthday, a day about me so sit back, relax and enjoy learning some of Lucy Jane's favourite things...

1. Favourite song 
Ahhhh I hate this question, so much music I love!
Currently either George Ezra - Shotgun (THIS is my summer song) or Rex Orange County - Happiness (I cry every single time it plays). Favourite song of all time is probably Elvis - Can't help falling in love or The Velvet Underground - I found a reason, I have adored Elvis since being a lil girl and I think he deserves to be number 1.

2. Favourite music artist 
Again, this question is so tough when you love music!
Favourite artist of all time is going to have to go to Elvis again, I've loved him for so long and forever will do so I think he has to be a clear winner. At the minute some of my favourite artists are Brockhampton, Tom Misch, SZA, Noah Cyrus but then the Indie girl deep down in my soul will always love bands like Foals, Sundara Karma, Cage the Elephant, Bombay Bicycle Club and we can't forget the inner fangirl love for One Direction which I will forever hold so dearly to my heart. Honestly I love SO much music and always have done, there are so many amazing artists I could go on forever...

3. Favourite album 
I'd have to say Ctrl by SZA as a current favourite of the past year, I love every single song on that album. Of all time I do adore Loaded by The Velvet Underground or So long see you tomorrow by Bombay Bicycle Club.
(or any One Direction/Harry Styles album, if you know you know)

4. Favourite film
Hmmmm, I don't feel I've watched enough classics to have fully found an all time favourite but the film I will watch over and over has to be Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging. It's cheesy but it was iconic in my teenage years!

5. Favourite tv show
Right now I love Gossip girl, I'm only on season 4 but I can feel the end of episodes approaching and I don't think I'll cope. I think my all time favourite show is Silent Witness on BBC, that show made me want to be a forensic investigator SO bad but then I realised I HATE science. 


6. Favourite country 
Half of me wants to say England but the other half wants to say Greece. I love being from England even though we can be a bit shitty some times. The countryside, beaches and cities are all so exciting to me and I do adore this place. But our weather is shit so thats why half of me says Greece. I've been 4 times to Greek islands and they are my favourite places I've ever traveled, the people are lovely and the islands are so beautiful! 
 I've not visited loads of countries so my answer in a few years time will probably be very different.

7. Favourite city 
NEW YORK CITY BABY!
So predictable but I fell in love with that city last year when I visited, the ultimate goal is to live there (for a short while) one day but a close second is my hometown...
MANCHESTER!
Manchester is the best city in the UK in my opinion, you should all visit!

8. Favourite season 
Going to have to say summer just because this winter felt like it lasted forever this year, get me some sun!!

9. Favourite colour
RED.
I know I tried to kid you all saying pink was my new red but I don't think it can ever beat it!

10. Favourite food
Pizza or Pom bears.
Currently I'm on a dairy free, gluten free, no garlic, no onion diet so my choice of food is pretty limited but before changing my diet, anything cheesy was my favourite thing in the world!

11. Favourite drink
Non-alcoholic I love Ribena and Fanta with a passion but alcoholic I love Prosecco and Sex on the beach, pretty much anything fruity and alcoholic I like.

12. Favourite animal
DOGGO's
Can we start a petition for my Dad to get me one because I miss Bonnie so much :(

13. Favourite hobby
I adore sewing, painting, photography, drawing or just anything to do with making or creating. I know I don't spend enough time doing this thing but I hope I can do soon.

14. Favourite memory of my 18th year
My whole trip to London in summer, at a shitty time in my life that was just what I needed and it was perfect.

15. Favourite year
2016 was an amazing year apart from the fact One Direction started their 'hiatus' then. I look back on that year as the time where I really grew as a person, found some amazing friends and just became a lot more comfortable in who I was and what I wanted.
So many happy times!

16. Favourite quote
'Look up, now look down, up is endless and down has an ending, always look up' - Modsun

17. Favourite shop
£1 Scope Charity Shop in Rochdale town centre, THE best place.

18. Favourite clothing item
At the moment it's my pink suit but of all time, may be my Alexa Chung x M&S fur coat? or my Coach bag?? THIS IS TOO HARD.

19. Favourite style icon
Ahhhh, this is so hard!
I don't think I have a definitive style because I'm not a minimalistic gal, I like a lot of things! I look to people such as Megan Ellaby, Cartia Mallan, Sophia & Cinzia basically my whole instagram feed. I follow bloggers more than 'celebs' as I find they're style is just better.
Can I say myself?
However I wanna dress, I will!

So there you go, you learn something new everyday.
Hoped you enjoyed reading some lil bits about me, have a lovely day!

Lucy Jane

Charity Shop Transformation: £1 cow print skirt into animal print two piece!!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Todays post is something new and exciting coming to Infinity of Fashion and I hope you love it just as much as I do...

If you're an avid reader of my blog, you will know how much I adore Charity Shopping and how much I adore to share the pieces I find with you! My #CharityShopBop posts get such amazing feedback so I decided that Infinity of Fashion needed some more Charity Shop goodness as it's content I love to share and you love to read! So, I present to you...
Charity Shop Transformation!!!

Now, I preach about Charity Shopping so much as I always seem to come across nice things and amazing bargains so I want to share them. However, one of the main comments I get when people try and go Charity Shopping is...

 'How do you find this stuff?! Whenever I go it looks just like my Grandparents wardrobe!'

Well yes, that's because it pretty much is but you have to look past that and think how YOU could make it your own. From turning skirts into two pieces, tops into crops, I want to show you how things that look awful on the hanger can be changed into something stunning! It's  more sustainable, its cheaper and you're money goes to a good cause so get transforming!

Today I'm going to tell you how I turned this £1 Grandma style midi skirt into a Motel inspired two piece. As I said, I picked this item up for £1 meaning that if things did go wrong when transforming it, I hadn't really wasted my money on trying. I instantly went to this skirt because of the cow print. I'm a true lover of animal print and cow print is about the only print I don't actually own! I'd seen sets on Asos/Motel for £50+ so decided I might as well have a go at making one myself. 

What I did...

To start of with I cut the skirt with sharp scissors (blunt ones may create a messy line) to my desired length following the circular shape of the skirt. I allowed myself enough extra material so I could turn it under and hem so the edging along the bottom was neat. 
Once it was cut, I pinned under the material to my desired length and tried it on. Always make sure to pin and try on before sewing, it may take longer but its so much more accurate.
I then sewed the material with a straight stitch along the hem to create a neat edging and the skirt was done as simple as that!
As I had cut material off the skirt, I decided I had enough fabric for me to create a bandeau top. 
To make the top I took the material I had cut off the bottom of the skirt and cut it in half so it became one lone strip rather than a circle.
I then pinned the horizontal edge which wasn't hemmed into place and tried it on, once right I sewed the hem with a straight stitch on the machine.
After that all I had to do was hem the edges where I'd cut it vertically and that was it!
In order to fasten the top I decided a tied back was the simplest but you could get a zip or some buttons if you fancied something different. 
There you go!

It really wasn't a difficult process and anyone with access to a sewing machine could definitely do exactly what I did.  You just have to think creatively and have a vision of what you want it to become. I turned a £1 skirt into an amazing two piece that I'm sure will be turning heads when I wear it this summer! 
I hope this inspires you to do some Charity Shop Transformations and I'd love to see them if you do!

Lucy Jane



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